Welcome to Byrd Central

400th anniversary of English Renaissance composer, William Byrd

We are a group of academics, educators, and musicians creating and disseminating events, new scholarship, stories, and recordings related to the 2023 anniversary of the death of Tudor composer William Byrd. New site areas and content will be released over the course of the year. 

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Musicians from around the globe have long held a special affection for Byrd and his music.  

ByrdStories shares anecdotes, thoughts, or connections people had with Byrd’s music. Rather than scholarship, it focuses on short personal stories -  brief videos, blog posts, annotated playlists,  images and stories. 

Some names you'll recognise, others will be new, but all share a love of Byrd.  We'd love to hear from you if you've got one to share.

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Upcoming Events

  • Stile Antico: England's Nightingale
    Fri, 27 Jan
    St Mary the Virgin, Oxford
    27 Jan 2023, 20:00 GMT
    St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, The, High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ, UK
    Stile Antico marks 400 years since the death of William Byrd by exploring the many faces of this extraordinary composer, perhaps the greatest that England has ever produced.
  • Byrd-a-Thon
    Fri, 03 Feb
    St Mary Magdalen Oxford
    03 Feb 2023, 17:00 GMT – 04 Feb 2023, 17:00 GMT
    St Mary Magdalen Oxford, 9 Magdalen St, Oxford OX1 3AE, UK
    A collaborative complete performance of the Latin choral works of William Byrd to raise money for the music fund at the Church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. Conducted by Will Dawes and Guests.
  • Siglo de Oro: Mysterious Motets
    08 Aug, 20:00 CEST
    Brugge, Onder de Toren, 8380 Brugge, Belgium
    A concert of William Byrd's Mysterious Motets: hidden music, forbidden faith